The same routines, machines and even people, can make you get bored of the gym easily. When you don’t have motivation, working out is tiring and it seems like the only reason you even go anymore is to not let those $60-80 you paid for your membership go to waste.
However, fortunately for us, summer is here and it’s time to make the most of the sunny days ahead of us! Here’s to enjoying some outdoor activities where you can get in shape, enjoy the fresh air and get in touch with nature!
In case you can’t think of some outdoor activities, here are the ones I find most healthy and fun:
This one’s the most popular. Hiking is a great way to improve your cardiovascular fitness, to hone your balance skills and to relieve stress, according to Harvard’s Medical School.
Bowness, Fish Creek and Nose Hill are great options and they also have different trails to choose from. Within Calgary, you can hike at Paskapoo Slopes and Waterfall Valley.
Just remember to be cautious and choose the difficulty of the trail depending on your experience. Don’t forget to bring some company and lots of water and it’s sure to be a great time!
I’m aware this is not for everyone, but it is a very good option if you want to build muscle. The muscles that are being worked are your gluteus muscles, your quadriceps in the thighs and abdominal muscles whenever you’re pedaling and balancing.
Because Calgary’s a cyclist city, it’s also convenient to use bikes as transportation whenever you’re going somewhere close and taking transit is too out of the way.
You can take a ride down Memorial Drive, through Prince’s Island Park or Eau Claire. Any park in the surrounding areas are great options as well. The City of Calgary has maps that can help you to find the best bicycle friendly pathways and to the city’s most popular attractions, places, and parks.
3. Roller Skating
Roller-skating is one of my favourite outdoor activities and definitely an excellent way to get some cardio. Since it’s low impact activity, this is perfect for people who have knee injuries.
According to Live Strong, roller skating provides endurance and strength training to build muscles, not to mention it also improves balance and coordination. In addition, you’ll be having so much fun that you’ll forget that you’re even working out and without realizing it you’ll have already burned more than 300 calories.
Any park in the city is a good choice to go roller-skating. You can either bring a buddy, a date or your ear buds, and you’re sure to get in a great workout!
- Rafting / Kayaking
A Calgarian’s favourite. Apart from all the fun and the beautiful views of the city you get to bear witness to, rafting is a perfect way to work out.
Rafting elevates cardiovascular health and strengtens a number of major muscle groups throughout your body. It also increases endurance and improves heart health and is good for weight loss (Live Strong).
Most entry points into the river start at Baker Park, which is located across the Bow River from Bowness Park, and finish either at Prince’s Island Park, Shouldice Park (a major athletic park) or Edworthy Park, which is located in a valley along the Bow River.
Trips might take from one to three hours, depending on the path you choose. Just make sure to bring your safety equipment and keep hydrated throughout your excursion.
I’m a runner myself and without a doubt, I’d rather run outdoors any day, instead of on a treadmill inside. As I mentioned before, Calgary has plenty of parks especially those where you can run. No matter which quadrant of the city you live in, there will be one near your abode.
Running outdoors is beneficial not only to your physical health, but also your mental health. Studies from the University of Exer showcased that people who run outdoors experience a higher measure of vitality, enthusiasm and a decrease of anger and depression.
Running’s a great way to stay healthy during the summer, just be wise and don’t forget to warm up before you start your workout and cool down after you finish. Make sure to also wear the appropriate running shoes in order to avoid any kind of injury.
Whether you’re an extreme activity person or not, these activities are great for the warm summer days and also a fun way to skip the gym and enjoy the amazing weather outside.
Try to find a park near you and an activity that you really enjoy in order to stay active this summer, without having to worry about going to the gym.
Why Valentine’s Day is Actually Designed for Singles
The holiday that we have all either come to love or hate, unsurprisingly, didn’t always revolve around cards and chocolates. The customs that we have all fallen into since we were kids, actually had very different origins than one would think.
Breaking down the holiday, there are actually many different facets that bring it all together. Various martyrdom stories are associated with different Valentine’s of the past. For the most part, the Catholic Church chose to honour them during the month of February, which then led to the naming of the annual celebration. Afterwards, it was all tied together with an ancient ritual celebrated by the Romans.
Lupercalia, the fertility festival, was a yearly celebration for the Romans in honour of the god of agriculture. According to myth, it was also a time to celebrate the Roman founders Romulus and Remus, who were both raised by a she-wolf. There were various aspects to the celebration, most of which, did not make the cut into the 21st century. One such practice involved cutting up animal hides into strips and dipping them into sacrificial blood. They were then slapped against the bodies of women, believing it would allow them to become more fertile for the year. Women would actually line the streets to have their turn as the progression passed through.
The fun part came towards the end, when singles throughout the city would pair off in honour of the festival through random selection via draw. Many times this resulted in successful marriages.
Today, the day is obviously celebrated a little differently, with no bloody whippings of animal hide required. People get to partake in the exchange of tokens of affections with their loved ones, and a plethora of money is spent trying to make that special someone in your life happy. After Christmas, Valentine’s Day is the second most popular holiday for sending cards to other people. Approximately 150 million cards are exchanged, and a total spending of $18.6 billion takes place every year!
So for those of you that will be single for this Valentine’s Day, don’t fret. In fact, relish in the fact that you’re not about to drop some mad cash on someone, just to say that you love them. Valentine’s Day can be a very exciting holiday when you have that significant other in your life, but remember, the day was originally for all the single people to hook up! So really, instead of being sad, what you should really spend the day doing is stripping apart goat hide and finding someone to smack it with…kidding.
Local Love for Local Laundry
As a stylist, a student, and super tired individual, I needed something simple. December is in full-swing. The holiday season has just begun. The weather is arguably way warmer in Calgary than I have ever witnessed in my lifetime; I have no complaints. It’s safe to say that this season I’ve fully embraced my city.
From the weather to the clothing, I’ve come full circle. More importantly, during this fine December I’ve taken it upon myself to shop locally.
I couldn’t be more ecstatic to have this opportunity to collaborate with HYPR Magazine and The Salt Co., to showcase Local Laundry’s new collection. With the brand being 100% established in Canada and that they also support a good cause, this season couldn’t get any better. With their goal to raise over $1 million for local Canadian charities, it’s something you can’t turn your back on.
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